The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

War News for Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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Reported security incidents
#1: Four anti-government militants were killed as NATO-led forces aircraft targeted them while they were planting mines on a road in Wardak province 35 km west of Afghan capital Kabul Tuesday night, provincial administration said in a statement on Wednesday. "Five insurgents were busy in planting mines on a road in Nurkh district, Wardak province Tuesday night when the NATO-led forces reconnaissance discovered and conducted air raid killing four on the spot and injuring another," the statement added.

#2: Four mine planters were killed by police forces in Ghorak district of Kandahar province. Jaweed Faizal spokesman of Kandahar governor said to BNA, these militias wanted to place a mine in the vicinities of Ghorak district were identified by police and killed.

#3: Meanwhile, in a clash between police and Taliban in Kandahar province, three armed Taliban were killed. This clash occurred between police and Taliban when Taliban attacked on a police post in Sangi area, Ghorak district.

#4: Four Afghan civilians were killed by the militants in the eastern province of Wardak, a provincial government spokesman said Wednesday. "A total of four civilians were kidnapped by militants Tuesday evening from Mullah Khil area of Jalrez district and their bullet- riddle bodies were found in Salman-e-Fars area of the district Wednesday morning," spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told Xinhua. The motive behind the killing is not clear so far, he said, adding that the police have launched an investigation into the incident.